polar co ordinates

polar coordinates

noun Mathematics.
a system of coordinates for locating a point in a plane by the length of its radius vector and the angle this vector makes with the polar axis (polar angle)

Origin:
1810–20

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polar coordinates
 
pl n
Cartesian coordinates See also spherical coordinates a pair of coordinates for locating a point in a plane by means of the length of a radius vector, r, which pivots about the origin to establish the angle, θ, that the position of the point makes with a fixed line. Usually written (r, θ)

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